PIHEC is continuing to implement a mini-grant opportunity which is a strategy to provide seed money for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) in developing INCLUSIVE Postsecondary initiatives for students with Intellectual Disabilities. IHEs that have existing programs for students with intellectual disability are also welcome to apply for funds to develop more inclusive programs for their students.

Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) considering applying for a mini-grant from the Pennsylvania INCLUSIVE Higher Education Consortium can do so by accessing the following links:

Rolling submissions are currently being accepted.
Applicants will be notified when their application has been received.
Using the given scoring rubric, a committee will review the application.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance via e-mail and U.S. mail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are frequently asked questions in response to inquiries on the PIHEC mini-grant application. If you have an unanswered question send them using the form below.

What is the deadline for this mini-grant?
Mini-grant applications may be submitted at any time, and will be reviewed by committee. Applicants may request a maximum of $60,000 to be used over a one (1), two (2) or three (3) year period.

What can the grant dollars support?
The mini-grant budget is designed to provide individual student supports within a postsecondary transition program. It is not intended to supplant existing program resources that are being used if the institution already has a comprehensive transition and postsecondary program in place. Rather, the mini-grant is used to extend the scope, breath, or depth of the existing comprehensive transition and postsecondary program. Please provide a detailed budget and budget narrative outlining the total budget requested and budget justification. Examples of individual student supports include costs associated with paying academic or social mentors, coordinators, tutors, independent living coaches, and employment supports. Prohibited expenses include, but are not limited to, student course tuition and program fees.

Is there an allowable overhead on the grant funds?
Institutional overhead costs were applied to the entire federal award. Overhead charges are not allowable on the administration of these mini-grants.

The RFP states that we should send a cover page, abstract, project narrative, and budget narrative. Are there any other forms that we should send?
Your application consists of a cover page, one-page single spaced abstract, a budget narrative and a project narrative. The project narrative is limited to 15 pages. Letters of support are required.


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